- File Size: 1274 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Publisher: Ginger Scott; 1 edition (May 26, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 26, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071S8NBQX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,896 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Girl Like Me (Like Us Book 2) Kindle Edition
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What a journey. And that's exactly what this duet is: a journey of self-discovery, of second chances and of trust. What each and every one of these characters go through in order to simply live a life they can be proud of, is nothing short of miraculous at times. Wondering right along with them if Wes Stokes is this super hero with an unexplained drive to keep Joss safe and never getting hurt in the process. Was this just all coincidence? Did Shawn Stokes create a comic from a little boy's premonitions seen as dreams? Even though there may never be a true answer, the way the author masterfully weaves this tale with a love between Joss and Wes that is clearly destined in the stars, it almost doesn't matter.
I felt privileged to have become a part of this wonderful cast of characters lives. There is such a sense of family, whether blood-related or not and the reactions from Taryn, Kyle, TK, Levi, Joss's Dad, Grace and even Shawn, with respect to the adventure and mystery that is now Joss and Wes's life, continued to make me smile. I found that each of Joss's emotions were spot on for a 17 year old. She could be compulsive to a fault, yet found it in her to forgive no matter what. There is wonderful underlying humor that keeps this crew steady and I chuckled right along with them. The loyalty to each other is just beautiful with Kyle as Joss's true best friend, stealing the show more than once with his undying devotion to his girl.
Even with some unconventional warning due to a young Wes's dreams, I was on the edge of my seat for most of this second book, never knowing when that shoe would drop. Like nothing I've read before, A Girl Like Me is one outstanding book. The entire duet, even with its mysteries and almost outlandish coincidences, is down deep a love story. Between a boy and a girl, who may have had a past that drove them to their present but waste no time in making sure there will always be a future.
I can't recommend this duet highly enough. A welcome respite from the same old thing being published almost daily, Ginger Scott is a voice that I will continue to hear above the crowd. I am in love with this story, the characters and the way it tugged at my heartstrings.
5 HUGE stars all the way!
So many questions were left unanswered at the end of book 1 and I ruminated on them waiting not so patiently for Ginger to put me out of my misery and give me the story that would explain everything.
Even though no one came right out and said it, it was pretty obvious in book 1 that Wes could do things that normal people couldn't do, wouldn't survive through. I am such a sucker for superheroes, having read comics and watched the movies from a very young age. I loved the way Ginger rolled out the clues and indicators to who Wes was, or what he was I should say.
The book felt like a romantic suspense to me, with Joss racing after clues trying to find Wes, and trying to figure out what secrets her father was hiding. All the time that she is doing these things, she's also trying to learn more about her mother's past, and why she was so easily able to leave Joss behind.
There were plenty of times while reading this book that my heart was in my throat at events that were happening to Joss. I tell you what, this girl goes through a lot!! But she's grown and matured and pushed herself past any point or goal she thought she had when she was "whole". She's been relentlessly training since losing her leg, and I felt like she not only was training her body, she was training her mind to think in a whole new way.
I loved the way her relationship with her father completely changed and evolved and she finally had a real father figure, not just a coach. Her Grandma Grace is now in the picture too, and fills the gap of her missing mother.
So much happens in this second book!! I couldn't put it down, I was so enthralled with the story! I loved how intertwined Joss and Wes's lives have been for so long, even when they didn't know it and couldn't remember it.
Like every superhero story, there's always a villain ready to wreak havoc and that's true here as well. Some were very obvious, but one particular person was painted in such a way that he could be a villain, or a hero, depending on how you looked at it. I really loved how Ginger crafted this particular character and I look forward to getting everyone's opinions on this topic.
As much as Wes was drawn as the superhero in this book, Joss was just as much a hero in my eyes. She may not have superhero abilities, but she proved she was one of the strongest people ever. She's faced so much adversity her entire life, living through the destruction of her family, to the spiral of her father into alcoholism and his virtual abandonment of her and leaving her to navigate life pretty much on her own. Then dealing with the loss of her leg, and more importantly the loss of Wes when he disappeared yet again. Her steadfast belief that he was still alive, her relentless drive to find him and bring him home to his family. So many obstacles along the way, but she overcomes them all. "I don't need a hero, Wes. I just need you." Joss didn't need saving, she just needed someone to love her and believe in her.
I loved the secondary characters and the roles they played in Joss and Wes's lives throughout the book. I would love to see them (Kyle) get a book one day that delves farther into their stories.
Ginger truly pulled this story together so completely, bringing everything full circle and giving the characters exactly the story that needed to be told. Absolutely loved it!
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